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You have to stand for something.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014

Can I share some stupidity?

Ever since we lost a calf crop to a suddenly sterile bull I’ve been pretty hard ass about making sure we get our bulls tested each year.

My dad whines about how much of a pain in the butt it is to get the bulls in to the vet’s office and how easily something could go wrong with mature bulls and unfamiliar surroundings.  I remind him that a sterile bull would cost us about $35,000 in lost calves nowadays and that if he would like to learn how to massage their prostate, I have a microscope.

So I got an appointment for 9 AM last Wednesday and made sure I had the bulls ready to go since I can’t stand being late for things.

We have three bulls to get tested this year a big Simangus, a midget yellow clubby bull, and 20-month old Brahman.  The smaller bulls were fighting with each other but not as bad as the big red bull so they were put in the front section of the trailer.  Unfortunately the yellow bull is a lot lower point of attack and can throw the Brahman around if he wants to.  I didn’t want to waste much time with them in there together so I made sure to get on the road as quick as I could.

They’re working on the highway at the intersection with the farm road we live on.  Right as I got to the intersection the tar truck drove by giving me a choice of driving over hot tar (the gravel truck wasn’t even visible) or letting the bulls fight for a solid twenty minutes while I took a detour down rough gravel and rock roads.

I chose to drive through the tar; it couldn’t make that big a mess and I want to stress again that really can’t stand being late for things.

Mistake one.

We started cleaning the thick layer of tar off of the wheel wells as soon as I got home.  The bulls had all tested just fine with the understanding that “just fine” for a 20-month old Brahman bull isn’t what it is for other breeds.

After an hour of scrubbing, spraying, and ruining clothes we were just about done.  In fact, there was basically just one little spot of tar left on the front right fender.  

My dad reached for it the wash rag in his left hand.

I went for it with the pressure washer.

We met in the middle.

Mistake two.

Our next choice was a difficult one since we live almost exactly between Pleasanton and Floresville.  Both towns have quite a bit of traffic related to oil field stuff and the distance to the emergency room is just about the same both ways.

With the fear of the old Florseville hospital still impacting us, we chose to go to Pleasanton.

Six hours, a considerable tab to the taxpayers (Medicare), and two Ebola “screenings” later we finally got to leave.  We’d have been out in a mere three hours if it weren’t for the fact that the pressure washer sprayed water up his hand underneath his skin.  They didn’t notice that until he was about to be discharged and had to call in an orthopedic surgeon to consult and give him two antibiotic IVs.

All in all, the fiasco wasted the entire day after 10 AM.

Because I didn’t want to be 20-minutes late to the vet.

You can say I was stupid and irresponsible a few times Wednesday and deserved to have a day wasted to teach me a lesson.

But you know what?

Every now and then you have to stop and think about what your priorities are.  What is important in your life?  What do you stand for?

I got those bulls ejaculated at 9:00 AM


Not 9:15 AM.


Not 9:30.


At 9:00 AM.


I think we can all agree that I know what matters in life.

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OCC Machinist

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014

What happened to that bull’s semen?

It didn’t get expensive and hard to find, it just disappeared.

If you have some OCC Machinist semen you’re interested in selling, call me at 210-380-7459 or e-mail me at jeff@cattle.com.

American Ears for Midwesterners

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014

You guys up there get them every now and then, a calf that has an inexplicably long sheath or too much dewlap to reasonably sweat off.  He’s a good calf otherwise, he’s just not clean enough for a Midwestern show steer.  Maybe you can ship him south?  

Anybody can spot a long sheath and loose skin on a steer, what you want to look at is the ears.  What exactly are we talking about when we talk about the ears?  Here’s a basic primer if you don’t deal with many Americans…

Length, shape, and set are what you need to look for.

Length - It’s not just length but a longer ear is extremely important.  If you get them long enough, the shape really doesn’t matter that much because they’ll hang lower just due to the weight.

Shape - Look at the way the ear leaves the skull.  Does the base of the ear stick straight out, almost horizontally?  That’s exactly what you DON’T want.  An almost bell shape dropping out of the skull is what you are looking for.

Set - Where do the ears set on the skull?  The lower the better.

Why?

Because that’s what the more stingy of the classifiers have decided indicates an American influenced calf.  

It’s a great indicator but don’t let anybody fool you into thinking it’s entirely consistent.  We tried swinging for the fences and wasted one our best ½ Brahman cows on Solid Gold this year.  A ¼ blood calf ought to be enough to class but the son of a gun has the smallest ears on the place right now.

While it’s not hard to breed the character out of Americans by accident, finding the straight exotic with character is rare.

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Remember when $2,250 seemed like a lot for a fat steer?

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2014

Houston pays out a ton in added money.  In fact, if you took your additional premium check from this year to the bank and got pennies it would almost literally be a ton of money at 1,924 lbs.  The additional premium check is actually more than the guaranteed payment this year.

But for a bit of perspective on just how high cattle prices have gotten, think back to the time when placing in that 6th spot at Houston was profitable because the guaranteed $2,250 was a good price for a calf.  You don’t have to think back too far, just a couple years.

At Monday’s live cattle cash price that’s a premium of $32.90 over slaughter for a 1,350 lb calf.

For the typical 1,320 card weight (~1,390 actual weight) steer that's a loss of $17.84.

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Top Web Sale Lots Week of 10/13/2014

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014

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Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $106,000 - Heifer sired by Little Cedar Aviator 503X
  2. $80,000 - Heifer sired by GVC STATESMAN 4R ET
  3. $70,000 - Heifer sired by CYT Maxim 9202 ET
  4. $60,000 - Heifer sired by VH MR BG 1104
  5. $58,000 - Heifer sired by I-80
  6. $51,000 - Heifer sired by Yardley High Regard
  7. $50,500 - Heifer sired by Yardley High Regard
  8. $50,000 - Heifer sired by BK XIKES X59
  9. $37,000 - Bred Cow sired by STAR TRF BATTLE CHIEF 356P
  10. $36,000 - Heifer sired by Little Cedar Aviator 503X

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014

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Working in an office is better than working from home.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014

You can fool yourself into thinking you don’t need a separate office but the fact that I’ve been able to write the last two sentences without yelling at my wife or kids to leave me alone is proof that I do.

I can’t come up with some stupid chore that I need to do at the ranch (“hey, there was a calf born a week ago that doesn’t have an ear tag, I should stop what I’m doing, drive 45-minutes down there and tag him”) because I’m actually wearing decent clothes.

Right here <--------

See that right there?  That right there is when I would have taken a nap if I were at home.  But I’m not at home and it’s a 20 minute drive to the house.

I’m not freaked out by Eboloa.  Do you know why?  Because there’s no TV here in my office.  I know the market is tanking but only because the energy trader next door has been cussing a lot.

I’ve lost five pounds in the past two weeks.  Partly because I started running in the morning again (because I have an actual schedule) and partly because there’s not a bag of chips 20 steps down the hall.

I stopped watching Walking Dead 5 minutes into this season.  Without a reason to have something playing on the TV in the background I realized that there are better things to do with my time than watch four guys get knocked out with bats before having their throats cut and bled out over a wash tub.  Don’t even ask me what’s happening on Doctor Who BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW.

Have you seen that sale watch thing is updated daily now?

Have you seen me post each day?

Are you not entertained?

I feel like an adult again for the first time in quite a while.

You folks may or may not be disciplined enough to work from home.

It only took me a decade to realize I’m not.

Via MLC.com - What are the Kansas City Royals named after?

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2014

From the Wall Street Journal via MattLautnerCattle.com...



It's nice that the pigs in showrings today are closer to the pigs videoed from the 50s/60s than the pig from the 90s at the 1:35 mark.

Does the sex matter in clubby calves this fall?

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014

Let’s define clubby heifers as anything out of one of the bulls with more than 5 steers sold in an online sale this fall.  That list of sires is 42 bulls long, 90% of which are some derivative of a Heat Wave line.

There have been 1,201 heifers that meet that criteria sold in online sales between Setpember 1st and today.

The average prices of clubby heifers for that time period is $3,942 and the average price for the steer mates (out of the same 42 bulls) is $4,045.

That average is up from $3,428 in 2013, an increase of almost exactly 15% which feels frankly feels a bit low compared to the price of commercial heifers this fall relative to last fall.

Most popular sires of clubby heifers this fall…
  1. Man Among Boys - 238
  2. Monopoly - 232
  3. I-80 - 140
  4. Believe in Me - 77
  5. Unstoppable - 72
Sires of at least 5 clubby heifers with an average price over $4,000
  1. Solid Gold - 6 - $7,458
  2. Yellow Jacket - 8 - $6,062
  3. Salty Dog - 9 - $5,233
  4. Thriller - 14 - $4,582
  5. Monopoly - 232 - $4,575
  6. Man Among Boys - 238 - $4,497
  7. I-80 - 140  - $4,256
  8. FSF STARBURST 058 - 8 - $4,225
  9. Dakota Gold - 5 - $4,070

Is it just a Texas thing?

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2014

Would you guys up in the midwest look at somebody funny if they said "yeah, he's a really great calf, his ears are just a bit too small"?

I think it's a Texas thing.

Yeah, it's probably a Texas thing.

I don't know, maybe obsessing over whether a new born calf has adequate ear length, a bell shape, and a lower set on the skull is something normal people do.

Probably not.

Top Web Sale Lots Week of 10/6/2014

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2014

Sale Reports

Top individual sale lots of the past week...

  1. $58,000 - Heifer sired by Lut
  2. $37,000 - Pair sired by O C C Juneau 807J
  3. $36,000 - Steer sired by FSF Starburst
  4. $35,000 - Heifer sired by Dameron First Impression
  5. $34,000 - Heifer sired by S A V Brilliance 8077
  6. $32,000 - Steer sired by Medicine Man
  7. $31,000 - Heifer sired by Monopoly
  8. $29,000 - Heifer sired by S A V Brilliance 8077
  9. $27,500 - Heifer sired by Big Mac
  10. $26,000 - Cow sired by Leachman Right Time

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